On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with veteran combat sports journalist Donovan Craig, to introduce the new grappling and wrestling web site, GrappleGnostic.
"The way I kind of conceive it is sort of a conversation about excellence in the grappling martial arts," he said in our interview, recorded through Skype Thursday.
"It's not a news site. It's a very focused title and it's exploring how the grappling martial arts are expressions of people's quest for personal excellence and competitive excellence."
Sponsored by Defense Soap, the site already has interviews with Terry Brands, Marcos Torregrosa, Steve Garland, and Eddie Bravo, articles about the evolution of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling, and a short history and commentary on the revival of catch wrestling, among others.
This new site, he said, wants journalistically to "raise the bar. It will consistently raise it as time goes on."
He added that it will "really elevate the level of discourse about something that we all love."
Make sure to check out the site, and look for a lot more to come on GrappleGnostic.
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